Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, set up to give jazz composers and arrangers a ride in one of the finest musical vehicles you’ll find in this city, is this evening opening what it hopes will become a regular monthly jazz night. And it’s in a venue with more than a little Birmingham jazz history: The Fiddle & Bone in Sheepcote Street.
Pianist David Ferris, one of BJO’s prime movers, told me: “The plan is to have a different featured composer each month, which could be someone from within the band or from elsewhere. One set will be made up of music by the featured composer and the other will be from the band’s library, made up of compositions by members.
“We’re hoping that the opportunity to perform regularly will mean this pad (repertoire to the uninitiated in big band jazz speak) will keep growing.”
Sensibly the first such featured composer is Sean Gibbs, the trumpeter whose Burns suite was BJO’s first CD release (read a review here). And you can hear that suite this evening.
David, ever-optimistic and quite rightly so, said: “We’re hopeful it will be popular – the big band nights at the Yardbird were always rammed and hopefully the format we’ve settled on will keep each gig fairly fresh.”
Sounds like a brilliant venture, so please get along this evening and support a great bunch of musicians, and convince the pub’s management that jazz is a damned fine thing to have in one’s establishment.
It starts at 8.30pm, tonight, Thursday 15 October. Entry is free.
- More details on the band’s Facebook page here.